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4 Ezra and 2 Baruch

Translations, Introductions, and Notes

By Michael E. Stone and Matthias Henze

Publication Year: 2013

Fresh translations of early Jewish texts 4 Ezra and 2 Baruch, written in the decades after the Judean War, which saw Jerusalem conquered, the temple destroyed, and Judaism changed forever.

This handy volume makes these two important texts accessible to students, provides expert introductions, and illuminates the interrelationship of the texts through parallel columns.

Published by: Augsburg Fortress Publishers

Title Page, Copyright Page

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pp. 2-7

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Preface

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pp. ix-x

This book presents the authors’ translations of two, very significant apocalypses, written a few decades after the destruction of the Second Temple in the year 70 CE. The two works are close to one another, and they share many concepts and turns of phrase. Their pseudepigraphic authors are not figures from remote antiquity, like Adam or Enoch, nor are they drawn from the heyday of biblical...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-18

The two Jewish works that are here translated, 4 Ezra and 2 Baruch, were both composed around the turn of the first century CE, in the aftermath of the Roman destruction of the Second Temple in the year 70. They are apocalypses, and they join certain other works in representing the reactions of Jews of that time to their shock at the destruction and its impact on the faith of Judaism. This...

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1. 4 Ezra

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pp. 19-82

3:1 In the thirtieth year after the destruction of our city, I, Salathiel, who am also called Ezra, was in Babylon. I was troubled as I lay on my bed, and my thoughts welled up in my heart, 3:2 because I saw the desolation of Zion and the wealth of those who lived in Babylon. 3:3 My spirit was greatly agitated, and I began to speak anxious words to the Most High, and...

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2. 2 Baruch

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pp. 83-141

1:1 The twenty-fifth year of Jeconiah, king of Judah, the word of the Lord was upon Baruch, son of Neriah, and he said to him:

1:2 “You have seen everything that this people has done to me. The evils which these two tribes that remained have done are more than [those of] the ten tribes that were led away captive. 1:3 For the former tribes were forced by their kings to sin, but these two have been...

Back Cover

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p. 153-153


E-ISBN-13: 9781451452334
E-ISBN-10: 1451452330
Print-ISBN-13: 9780800699680
Print-ISBN-10: 0800699688

Page Count: 160
Publication Year: 2013